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tempered

[ tem-perd ]SEE DEFINITION OF tempered
  • verbcalm, moderate
  • verbharden

Synonyms for tempered

  • abate
  • allay
  • alleviate
  • assuage
  • cool
  • curb
  • dilute
  • ease
  • lessen
  • mitigate
  • mollify
  • restrain
  • soften
  • soothe
  • tone down
  • weaken
  • adjust
  • admix
  • modulate
  • pacify
  • palliate
  • relieve
  • revamp
  • soft-pedal
  • switch
  • transmogrify
  • chill out
  • cool out
  • fine tune
  • make reasonable
  • monkey around with
  • take the bite out of
  • take the edge off
  • take the sting out of
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Antonyms for tempered

  • aggravate
  • agitate
  • enlarge
  • extend
  • incite
  • increase
  • intensify
  • irritate
  • magnify
  • provoke
  • raise
  • strengthen
  • trouble
  • upset
  • worry
  • worsen
  • accuse
  • blame
  • condemn
  • bend
  • excite
  • flex
  • infuriate
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR TEMPERED

It came from the furnace of the Revolution, tempered to the necessities of the times.

They are not necessary; they might be avoided; at their worst they could be tempered.

His dismissal from the staff was a wise move, tempered by unexpected clemency.

"I don't care who hears me," Adams said, harshly, though he tempered his loudness.

It was a hot morning in June, tempered by a wind from the north-west.

These odours were as yet vague, tempered by the moisture which clung to the ground.

Judson's joy at her acceptance was tempered, it seemed to me.

The two looked at one another in surprise, tempered with anger in the one and dismay in the other.

For a moment, therefore, in his bearing bravado was tempered with hesitancy.

Their discipline was tempered by kindness and an earnest Christian faith.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "due proportion of elements or qualities," from temper (v.). The sense of "characteristic state of mind" is first recorded 1590s; that of "calm state of mind" in c.1600; and that of "angry state of mind" (for bad temper) in 1828. Meaning "degree of hardness and resiliency in steel" is from late 15c.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR TEMPERED

diluted/dilute

adjectivethinned, weakened
  • adulterated
  • attenuated
  • cut
  • impaired
  • impoverished
  • laced
  • light
  • moderated
  • reduced
  • shaved
  • spiked
  • tempered
  • washy
  • watered down
  • waterish
  • watery
  • wishy-washy
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